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November 14, 2014 • Cee • Reviews

sara zarr:tara altebrando - roomiesRoomies by Sara Zarr & Tara Altebrando
December 24, 2013
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Sarah Zarr’s Twitter | Tara Altebrando’s Twitter | Goodreads
Amazon | Barnes & Noble |  The Book Depository

*Courtesy of Jessica @ Crazy Red Pen

It’s time to meet your new roomie.

When East Coast native Elizabeth receives her freshman-year roommate assignment, she shoots off an e-mail to coordinate the basics: television, microwave, mini-fridge. That first note to San Franciscan Lauren sparks a series of e-mails that alters the landscape of each girl’s summer — and raises questions about how two girls who are so different will ever share a dorm room.

As the countdown to college begins, life at home becomes increasingly complex. With family relationships and childhood friendships strained by change, it suddenly seems that the only people Elizabeth and Lauren can rely on are the complicated new boys in their lives . . . and each other. Even though they’ve never met.

National Book Award finalist Sara Zarr and acclaimed author Tara Altebrando join forces for a novel about growing up, leaving home, and getting that one fateful e-mail that assigns your college roommate.

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I tried, and I tried, but Roomies ended up as a DNF.

I was excited about the idea of reading about roommates. I never had the college experience of having a roommate, so I wanted to see how the characters got along.

And oh boy, the two main characters frustrated the hell out of me. I wonder if it’s because I couldn’t relate since I never had a roommate, thus making me not understand their situation, OR because I related to the emailing bit too much since I’ve felt that frustration when the other person didn’t seem engage in what I have to say. Maybe it’s a mixture of both?

Yeah, the characters do get along quite nicely at times, but their frequent misunderstandings was a constant source of annoyance. It stood out to me even though I didn’t want it to. Misunderstandings happen a lot in real life, especially in emails since you’re sometimes unable to read the tone of the writer. Elizabeth and Lauren experience this, and as I read through their thought process, I felt like I was looking in the mirror. I could see their thinking as something that would go through my mind, and that was a little too close to home for me. Maybe, one of these days, I’ll be far removed from relating to these characters so that I can actually enjoy the book.





August 10, 2014 • Cee • Holy Mother Cover

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Inspired by What She ReadsPure Imagination Blog, and Stacked.

I admit I’m a book cover snob. Who isn’t though?

Book covers are the first thing that attracts readers to a book. A good cover can draw someone is, just as a bad cover can easily draw someone away. It can essentially make or break a book. Holy, Mother Cover! is where I showcase the book covers that stand out (or make me cringe), and discuss cover changes.

(A big special thanks to Georgie at What She Reads for bestowing me this fabulous name and to Charlotte at Gypsy Reviews for creating the beautiful feature banner you see before you.)

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COVER CHANGE: The Lucy Variations by Sara Zarr

What do I think about the cover design? I don’t like it. Not at all.

Sure, the picture of the hand and the piano are perfect for the book since it is about a pianist, but the font, the font hurts me. The title font is so out of place. It doesn’t complement the font for the author, nor does it use the spacing at the top very well. I also don’t like the white glow around “Sara Zarr” because the glow draws my attention to it (not to the author’s name itself).

Plus, the font color of the title doesn’t match the font color of the author. In every cover image I’ve seen of this book, the coloring is completely off. It’s either too light purple or a pink color (like the one above), and none of those covers works with the purple.

Would I buy this book based on the cover? Noppppeeee.

What do I think about the cover design? Again, FONT ISSUE. Ugh.

The font in this is worse than the hardcover one. (I sighed so loud when I saw it.) It’s very stiff, and looks extremely outdated because of the shadows. It just screams early 2000s to me. The shadows would kind of work if it wasn’t pink. The problem is that the color tone of the entire cover is already a bit magenta; the pink shadows blends into the picture, hiding itself in the pink dress, in the dark stone, and in the overly magenta skin tone. That’s a big no-no if you want the title to stand out on its own.

Also, the cover picture doesn’t tell me anything about the book. At least with the hardcover, it shows a piano. This cover is like any other book with a girl having fun.

Would I buy this book based on the cover? Never.

But who’s the real winner?
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And the winner is....
Surpriseeeeee! Not at all what you expected, right? This version of The Lucy Variations is the best. Reasons why:

  • Sheet music! I love that it’s torn. It’s a really perfect way of showing that this book is about music.
  • The font for the title! It fits perfectly. Plus, I love that it kind of looks like it was written in pastel.
  • The purple ribbons! All wrapped together nicely like a present.

My only issue with this cover is the font choice and color of “Sara Zarr.” It doesn’t fit with the overall cover, but it’s not a huge deal breaker.

Which cover design do you prefer? Would you buy the US or the UK one? How do you like how this post is formatted?





June 26, 2013 • Cee • Waiting on Wednesday

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Waiting On is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

sara zarr:tara altebrando - roomiesRoomies by Sara Zarr & Tara Altebrando
December 24, 2013
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Sarah Zarr’s Twitter | Tara Altebrando’s Twitter | Goodreads
Pre-order: Amazon | Barnes & Noble |  The Book Depository

It’s time to meet your new roomie.

When East Coast native Elizabeth receives her freshman-year roommate assignment, she shoots off an e-mail to coordinate the basics: television, microwave, mini-fridge. That first note to San Franciscan Lauren sparks a series of e-mails that alters the landscape of each girl’s summer — and raises questions about how two girls who are so different will ever share a dorm room.

As the countdown to college begins, life at home becomes increasingly complex. With family relationships and childhood friendships strained by change, it suddenly seems that the only people Elizabeth and Lauren can rely on are the complicated new boys in their lives . . . and each other. Even though they’ve never met.

National Book Award finalist Sara Zarr and acclaimed author Tara Altebrando join forces for a novel about growing up, leaving home, and getting that one fateful e-mail that assigns your college roommate.

Why I’m waiting?

Honesty hour! I never had a roommate when I was in college. (I know the “how is that possible?” question will come up, and my answer is…I don’t know? I’m kidding! I mostly lived off campus since it was relatively cheaper than to pay room & board at my college.)

Despite that, I’m excited because I’m fascinated by relationships between roommates (Actually, I’m just a big fan of friendships, in books). I wonder how friendships flourish and whether they connect before or during their college experience. I have many friends that became close friends with their college roommate and I have some that only became acquaintances for the duration of their living situation. (See, you can tell I’m a novice when it comes to roommates.)

What books are you waiting for on this Wednesday?

(btw, I changed my blog header, I would really appreciate it if you tell me what you think over here! :D)